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An in-depth analysis of pharmaceutical regulation in the Republic of Moldova

Ferrario, Alessandra, Sautenkova, Nina, Bezverhni, Zinaida, Seicas, Rita, Habicht, Jarno, Kanavos, Panos and Safta, Vladimir (2014) An in-depth analysis of pharmaceutical regulation in the Republic of Moldova. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 7 (1). p. 4. ISSN 2052-3211

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Identification Number: 10.1186/2052-3211-7-4

Abstract

Objective Regulation of the pharmaceutical system is a crucial, yet often neglected, component in ensuring access to safe and effective medicines. The aim of this study was to provide an in-depth analysis of the existing pharmaceutical regulation, including recent changes, in the Republic of Moldova. Methods Data from field work conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with a review of policy documents and quantitative secondary data analysis was used to achieve this aim. Results This analysis identified several ways in which pharmaceutical regulation affects availability of quality medicines in the Republic of Moldova. These include lack of full implementation bioequivalence requirements for generics registration, incomplete implementation of good manufacturing practices and no implementation of good distribution practices, use of quality control instead of quality assurance as a method to ensure quality of medicines, frequent change of power within the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (MMDA) leading to lack of long-term strategy and plans, conflict of interest between the different functions of the MMDA, the lack of sufficient funding for the MMDA to conduct its activities and to invest in continuous training of its staff (particularly inspectors) and very weak post-marketing control. Notably, several improvements have been recently introduced, including a roadmap for change for the MMDA, the introduction of good manufacturing practices and the drafting of a quality manual for the Agency. Conclusion Based on these findings the authors propose a set of priority actions to address existing gaps and draw lessons learned from other countries.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.joppp.org/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors © CC
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 02 May 2014 08:46
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:24
Funders: World Health Organization
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56630

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